Diane Britton Dunham’s work has been documented and recognized internationally as a genuine illustration of the history and traditions of African American southern culture.
Photograph by Todd Wood
GULLAH-CREOLE is the term created by the artist to best describe the art she creates. Ms. Dunham’s work blends elements of her colorful ancestral Louisiana roots with the rich Gullah culture of the Sea Islands. This explains the vibrancy and exotic settings you find in her work.
Surrounded by this fascinating history for most of her life, led to research into her own genealogy where she began to discover many commonalities between those of the Sea Islands and that of her own Louisiana roots.
The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Designated by Congress in 2006, extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south.
Diane's art encompasses the Gullah Corridor, however influences continue past Jacksononville, Florida to Lousiana.
She has also studied the Caribbean Connection which is apparent in the style of art that many African American artists practice.
Diane’s paintings are well known because of their brilliant coloring, intricate human and landscape forms, and themes that represent life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry region and the bayous of Louisiana. A self-taught mixed media artist and instructor, Dunham has received honors and awards from organizations like the Artisan Center, the Gullah Festival, and the Beaufort Art Association and others.
Her artwork has been featured in many local and national publications such as Black Enterprise Magazine, Pink Magazine, The Hill Rag, to name a few. Diane's work has been featured in The Children’s Museum of Houston’s installation “Tales from The Land of Gullah, in which 3 murals of Dunham’s paintings are featured. Her original artwork has been featured in The Zenith Gallery in Washington, DC, The Red Piano Too in St. Helena Island, SC, Penn Center’s York W. Bailey Museum in St. Helena Island, SC and The Four Winds Gallery in Beaufort, SC to name a select few.
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